I was inspired by the astrophysical hypothesis that our universe is shaped like a torus. The inside is clear-glazed so it is able to hold water as a canteen, or oil bottle. I chose the light green glaze to mimic the colors of a pond I grew up next to. In my childhood, that pond was my universe where I spent almost all of my time catching guppies, swimming with my best friend (a raggedy, adventurous dog named Cookie), and identifying flowers with a field guide tucked under my arm.
Elizabeth Duke-Moe is a senior in high school in Boise, Idaho. She has spent her youth growing up in the mountains and swimming in the surrounding rivers. She draws a large amount of her writing inspirations from her Norwegian ancestry and the Sawtooth forests in Idaho. She loves to travel anywhere as long as she can document trees, flowers and animals. She throws pottery in her free time, performs necropsies in Idaho’s Fish and Game genetics lab, and always carries flint and steel. She is the first queer All Student Body President at her high school and a leader of a conservation group working to save endangered Northwest salmon. She loves dill pickle sunflower seeds.